One point of contention that arose again today was regarding sliding tackles. I know jiv has addressed this in much detail in a section on this site but there are always disputes arising from whether a sliding tackle was made. So there are 2 instances that have come up frequently:-
1. where the defending players slides to block a shot/pass without touching the attacking player; 2. where the defending players tackles the attacking player, gets the ball but "slips" into a slide
I think 2 is quite clear cut that its not a slide but will let Jiv clarify 1.
Kicking or hacking an opponent, or tripping an opponent, are not allowed and may be regarded as serious foul play or violent play.
All forms of gamesmanship, including but not limited to winding up opponents (over and above mere banter), simulation and feigning injury, repeatedly making unnecessary calls during a game or stubbornly insisting on calls going in one's favour, or calling out to an opponent to pass the ball to you in order to confuse the opponent.
Tripping an opponent, even accidentally, is a foul. Deliberately falling over another player's outstretch leg is simulation. Captains have to decide which applies.
I have not made any changes yet. I will leave it for discussion on this thread for now. I am thinking of the following formulation - No sliding towards or close to an opposing player who at the time the slide commences had possession of the ball, has possession of the ball, or is about to receive possession of the ball. This would exclude a slide across the face of goal to deflect the ball away from or into goal, or sliding near the perimeter lines to keep the ball in play rather than going out of play, or sliding to take the ball of an opposing who has clearly overrun the ball such that the ball is no longer in his possession.